Which Country Has the Most Gamer Girls?

C. Custer
2:00 pm on Jun 27, 2013

For some gamers, finding a girl to date and play games with is sort of like the holy grail. But these ladies — gamer girls, as they’re often called — are said to be quite rare. So where can you go if you’re looking to find the most gamer girls? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is apparently Japan. According to data collected by the Chinese gaming site 17173, girls make up 66 percent of Japan’s gamers, compared to 37 percent in Korea and just 27 percent in China:


Now, I’m not sure exactly how 17173 compiled this data, and it seems pretty unlikely that they conducted a rigorous scientific study. But the results do seem to make sense, at least based on my own admittedly anecdotal understanding of the markets in these countries. It’s especially unsurprising to see China rank so low given the country’s gender imbalance and the general perception among many in China that gaming is a rather unladylike hobby. (That’s a prejudice that’s common in plenty of countries, including some of the Western ones in that chart, by the way).

17173’s survey also shows that Chinese gamers would prefer a gamer girlfriend at a rate of more than 2 to 1, so clearly the country’s male gamers are in for a bit of disappointment. But of course, there’s a strategy for dealing with that, according to many of the survey’s respondents: simply date a regular girl and then try to turn her into a gamer girl.

It’s worth saying that the whole idea of a “gamer girl” is a little ridiculous at this point — everyone plays games on their phone, so at what point does someone magically become a “gamer”? — but as is evident from the 17173 survey, that doesn’t stop many of Asia’s male gamers from dreaming about meeting a girl who kicks ass on a date and in a round of League of Legends.

(via 17173)

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  • http://e27.co/author/elaine Elaine Huang

    You mean female gamers, and not gamer girls.

  • Megan

    Did you seriously have to tie this article back *three times* to the concept of dating? That’s your angle here? Awesome.

  • http://www.techinasia.com C. Custer

    @ Megan: The connection to dating is from the 17173 survey, which is about whether Chinese guy gamers want to date girls who play games or not. That’s the source I’m working from, so it was pretty inevitable that would end up in the piece. If you’d prefer a story with some other angle, please feel free to submit story ideas, tips, or even guest blog posts to us at any time.

  • Charlie’s Angel

    yeah megan, you just got told.

  • Rez

    It’s worth saying that the whole idea of a “gamer girl” is a little ridiculous at this point — everyone plays games on their phone, so at what point does someone magically become a “gamer”?
    There is a clear difference between a ‘casual’ gamer and a ‘hardcore’ or ‘proper’ gamer. The people playing on the phones usually play casual games. Things that tend not to invest much time or are pretty pick up and play. Then you have the ‘proper’ games such as Halo, COD, Final Fantasy, the Resident Evil series – and in China it would be MMOs of online FFS. These types of games are generally dominated by males. Hence a ‘gamer girl’ or ‘girl gamer’ would be one who plays those types of games rather than your casual games found on mobile devices.

  • Kabukicat


    Oh not to mention the rising MOBA games like DOTA2 and LOL. I’m female and do play both and I see plenty of other females by the way. Also games on STEAM platform. It isn’t quite rare these days. You just don’t know they are females. Anyways, in gaming..gender doesn’t really matter, unless dating is put into the picture like what 17173’s survey.

  • Ayame

    Really? Only 42% for the US? I have honestly don’t know anyone who doesn’t play video games. How did they even get these results? (too lazy, didn’t read)

  • https://www.facebook.com/TeamChitoge4Life Wist

    It’s funny to see that there’s no Philippines here (I’m a Filipino) since I actually knew a lot of Filipino gamers… xD

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